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Orders of the Day — Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Bill [Lords]: Abolition of Time Restriction in Divorce Proceedings (13 Jun 1984)

Sir David Amess: ...-parent families in Basildon district, which includes my constituency, rose to 1,332 between 1971 and 1981. As the divorce rate has risen, there has been moral decay with the rate of illegitimacy, abortion, children in care and juvenile crime increasing proportionately. The financial cost to society is over £1 billion a year, and 50 per cent. of second marriages fail. All that has...

Adjournment (Christmas) (19 Dec 1984)

Sir David Amess: ...punishment. Because of its failure to act, murder as a crime goes unchecked and has, indeed, increased. Another type of murder is committed thoughout the world, and especially in Britain — abortion. A few weeks ago, I saw a film called "The Silent Scream" and witnessed the calculated destruction of a human being and the dismemberment and the extraction of an unborn baby from its...

Premature Babies (11 Jul 1986)

Sir David Amess: ...2,000 sick or premature babies are used in medical experiments each year without parental consent. The Sunday Express published a leader headlined "A Sick Society" which stated: We have allowed abortion to grow into a major industry which kills the unborn as a matter of routine. We permit medical science to conduct experiments on the human foetus. It is commonplace now for scientists to...

Debate on the Address: First Day (12 Nov 1986)

Sir David Amess: not about life, I do not know what is. How on earth we can justify spending millions of pounds on the National Health Service, which seeks to save life, and the present legislation on abortion, which provides for the destruction of life, I do not know. It is a great disappointment and an outrage. However, I note that the Gracious Speech says that other measures will be laid before the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Abortion Act 1967 (10 Mar 1987)

Sir David Amess: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations he has received seeking a review of the workings of the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Abortion Act 1967 (10 Mar 1987)

Sir David Amess: Will the Minister recognise that, with the advances in medical science, the 1967 Act is no longer acceptable? Many people in this country view with increasing alarm the number of abortions that have been carried out, particularly those which are late. When will the Government introduce further legislation to protect the unborn child in this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Jul 1987)

Sir David Amess: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a widespread concern throughout the country about the number of late abortions that are being carried out? Does she recognise that, with advances in medical science, the stage at which a child is capable of being born alive is being reduced all the time? When will the House give effective protection to the unborn child?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Dec 1987)

Sir David Amess: No matter how strongly we hold views on abortion, will my right hon. Friend join me in condemning those who try through violence, intimidation and abuse to silence those who seek a reduction in the time limit in which an abortion can be obtained?

Prayers: Soviet Union (Prisoners of Conscience) (29 Jul 1988)

Sir David Amess: ...when I learned from what I believe to be a reliable source that the Soviets spend on average 70 billion hours a year queueing and that—again on average—every woman in the Soviet Union has three abortions. One of the longest queues was for Lenin's mausoleum, a queue that I joined. I shall always remember seeing the never-ending queue of people waiting to see the wax figure of a man who...

Debate on the Address: First Day (22 Nov 1988)

Sir David Amess: ...forward, they are not doing things about which people such as myself, holding strong views about the matter, are not entirely happy. I hope that the Government will tackle that subject. As to abortion, there were 174,000—

The Unborn Child (16 Dec 1988)

Sir David Amess: ...out, but he more or less said that the Government thought that the limit should be 24 weeks, although he also said that it would be best to achieve that through a private Member's Bill. Since the Abortion Act 1967, some 2·7 million abortions have been performed. A number of hon. Members have spoken about the small number of women Members of Parliament. We now have 41, which is many more...

Active Citizenship (12 May 1989)

Sir David Amess: ...the telephone. They deal with many traumatic cases and give reassurance whenever they are asked to do so. I take this opportunity to mention also the national organisation called Life. My views on abortion are known in the House. I applaud the Life organisation which is responsible for dealing with those mothers who have had their babies and who then find that they are in financial...

Spring Adjournment (22 May 1989)

Sir David Amess: ...not using. The irresponsible way in which Socialists, whether they be Members of Parliament or district councillors, can applaud those travelling people is very unfair. My final point relates to abortion. I had understood that all Members of Parliament regarded life as the most precious gift of all. We all fight to get to the House because we want to participate in the legislative...

Spring Adjournment (22 May 1989)

Sir David Amess: I certainly find it strange. My views on capital punishment do not contradict my views on abortion, but I shall not detain the House with further details. There is great unrest throughout the country, with people failing to understand why it is that an abortion Bill could come before the House last year, but that for procedural reason we were unable to continue voting on it. What are right...

Spring Adjournment (22 May 1989)

Sir David Amess: the art of the possible. If 1 vote for termination at 18, 19 or 20 weeks, of course I am compromising myself—but I welcome any measure that will reduce the period of time during which an abortion can be obtained if that saves even one life. I hope that before the next general election the House will be allowed to reach a conclusion on abortion reform. When that happens, I hope that...

Abortion (Carlisle Baby Case) (8 Jun 1989)

Sir David Amess: I entirely endorse the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone (Miss Widdecombe) and I admire her tenacity on this issue and all her supportive remarks about abortion. In December, I and a number of colleagues raised, at Home Office questions, the Carlisle baby case and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary for the Home Department was frank in his replies. He said: There has been...

Orders of the Day — Abortion Act 1967 (27 Jul 1989)

Sir David Amess: Despite the late hour, I welcome the opportunity that my hon. Friend the Member for Hyndburn (Mr. Hargreaves) has given the House to debate the administration of the Abortion Act 1967. I pay a warm tribute to my hon. Friends the Members for Hyndburn and for Maidstone (Miss Widdecombe) for the magnificent job that they have done in the past year to make sure that the fundamental issue of...

Debate on the Address: First Day (21 Nov 1989)

Sir David Amess: ...I had hoped for more constructive opposition from the Labour party than the nonsense that we have heard today. Above all, what has given me most pleasure is the reference in the Gracious Speech to abortion and embryo research. There is not much point in being a Member of Parliament if one is not concerned about life. We all recognise that life is the most fundamental and important thing....

Prayers: Family Policy (16 Mar 1990)

Sir David Amess: year. Although it will not be easy, I hope that legislation will be introduced in the next Session to deal with parental responsibility. My hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury spoke about abortion. I shall not bore the House by developing my views on that subject. I note that the right hon. member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, (Sir D. Steel) presented a petition to the...

Orders of the Day — Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill: Amendment of Law Relating to Termination of Pregnancy (24 Apr 1990)

Sir David Amess: ...I became a Member of Parliament. It is about the sanctity of life and all that that means. I want to draw on my personal experiences. My wife has not suffered a miscarriage, nor has she suffered an abortion. We are very fortunate in having four healthy children. Indeed, our last baby was delivered only two weeks ago. I was present at the birth and also throughout the labour. I witnessed...

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